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Talbot Express Camper Van- turns up with a broken EXHAUST MANIFOLD parts Difficult to Find?

Talbot Express Camper Van

Talbot Express Camper Van

We located a second hand exhaust manifold for this Talbot Express

When this vehicle pulled in, the name reminded me of a car that I bought in 1979. I had forgotten the name “Talbot Express” ever existed, but it brought back great memories of my early days as a young mechanic.

Talbot Express

Commer van conversion

I attended the local college in the nearby town of Batley here in West Yorkshire, as an apprentice mechanic, studying to pass my mechanics exam. All the guys in my class worked for different garages from all the Towns in the area. As you can imagine over the course some of us became great friends. One of them worked as an apprentice mechanic at a “Rootes Group Garage”. He worked on models from Hillman the Hunter and the more famous Hillman imp, a competitor for the BMC Minis that were very popular then. He also worked on Humber,Singers,Talbots and Commer vans.

Talbot Express Camper Van

Talbot Express

Talbot Express in for his exhaust blowing

He told me that Talbot was bringing out a new model called the “Horizon”. I was in the market for a new car at the time, and so went on a test drive. So was very impressed and struck a good deal with the salesman, buying a new Light green car. Thinking this car was wonderful and my girlfriend at the time (soon to be my wife) and I toured Europe in the car without any problems what so ever. I believe we had the car for ten years before selling it.

The Talbot express auto sleeper that came in for the exhaust manifold fitting was a 1986 model and in pretty good condition. They were made between 1981 and 1993 and were sold in the UK only as Talbots. The same model was sold in other parts of Europe under other marques, they were also known as the Alfa Romeo AR6, and in France the Peugeot J5 and the Citroen C25, and they were the last of any Talbot model to be sold in the UK.

Exhaust manifold was fixed and then an  added bonus of an immaculately restored Commer van conversion

In the same day we also had an added bonus of Commer Van converted into a motor home. The van was in for an MOT test and a few other jobs doing. But I could not resist taking some pictures for the Pellon Tyre blog. The model we had in was a 1974 model. Significantly, they dropped the “Commer” name a couple of years later in 1976.

2nd hand manifold fitted

Article and photos by Eric Robertswww.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Selling tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.

Toyo Tyres F1600-Zacharie Robichon first win in an open-wheel car during the Toyo Tyres F1600 stop

Toyo Tyres F1600

Toyo Tyres F1600

Zacharie Robichon writes about his first win in an open-wheel car during the Toyo Tyres F1600 stop at Shannonville Motorsports Park.

Post Updated 6th Jan 2014

Toyo tyres

Toyo have always been one of my favorite tyre companies to deal with. Most of the time over the past 30 years Toyo have been a big supplier of small independent tyre companies such as my own company here in Halifax UK. But like most other tyre companies toyo decided to go down the tyre wholesaler route , to sell their products, thus cutting out us retailers, we also had an option to buy direct, but the tyres became available to anyone to sell and toyo became just another cheap car tyre on the market. The outcome is that retailers stopped sellintoyo tyres  .

Toyo Tyres F1600

English: TV personality Huell Howser rides as a passenger in a 2-seat Indy Racing League open-wheel race car at the 2009 Long beach Gran Prix. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Naturally, going onto to sell other similar products, such as General Tyres. We now use Yokohama tyres and Apollo tyres in there place, although Toyo are still a good product and if their policy ever changed, i would take them on board again,”what goes around, comes around” as the saying goes.

Toyo tyres are today still supporting the F1600 race series with their tyre products. Zacharie Robichon is still a prominent contestant.

Eric Roberts.

Eric Roberts

Toyo Tyres F1600,Zacharie Robichon

Toyo Tyres F1600

 

 

Hi I would like to introduce myself. As a result. have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Working for a couple of national tyre companies. of course, before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business.

Best Tyres Revisited

Goodyear Fuel Savers-achieved Genuine fuel savings on their Tyres

Goodyear Fuel Savers

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Goodyear Fuel Savers can save you money

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Terrific Tyres Prove The Point ?

This is a great time of my life to be involved in the motor industry. Hardly a day goes by without some sort of new invention or improvements to the products that are been developed and no more so than in the tyre industry. All these developments are in my opinion due to to improvements in computer designs helping tyre developers to create new products out of new materials to help with the relentless charge towards lowering greenhouse gasses.

These new EfficientGrip Fuel Savers were tested by Autocar Magazineusing

Significantly, using a Citroen Picasso as the test car. Including, using the Goodyear Fuel Savers Efficient Grip tyres. Consequently, the test were carried out over a long period of time. Of course, using normal driving conditions on normal roads and not on test tracks. So, to enable a true and realistic result. The Picasso was a bog standard car and came up with a saving of 2% over the total period of testing. Naturally, a significant achievement from Goodyear Fuel Savers. Reducing both fuel consumption and reducing greenhouse gasses.

Other tyre companies developing new products

Most companies in this sector are developing newer products that are more beneficial to the environment.Michelin and Continental are both producing greener products with far better rolling resistance figures, helping the vehicles go further with less resistance between the tyre and the road thus reducing fuel consumption.

Eric Roberts…www.pellontyres.co.uk

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Battery business now for 40 years. Including selling Cheap Goodyear Tyres at competitive prices. Consequently, working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business.Now owning  a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. So, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products. Of course, that will help my business grow.

 

4×4 Tyres-Which are the right ones for you ? Consider the excellent General 4×4 Range

 Customers are still not sure which 4×4 tyres to choose

4x4 Tyres

4×4 Tyres; Mud terrain tyre on a Land Rover Defender. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article is a follow up from one that I did a few years ago. One of the problems that we have at Pellon tyres, comes from the owners of 4×4 vehicles who are not sure which or what tyres to fit to their vehicles.

In our area of Halifax in the Pennine foothills, we have several types of different terrains to cope with. Choosing the right tyre can be difficult.

Every tyre a manufacturer makes is designed with specific strengths in mind. How well it performs to these strengths depends on the construction methods, materials used and the technologies applied in the design and testing process. 4×4 tyres by definition introduce even more variables than these into the mixing pot. For our area we recommend a 50/50 or a 40/60 tread ratio between a normal type summer tyre and a rugged off road tyre. To make it a little easier to select the right one, a good place to start is to think about what you intend to use your 4×4 for. Many people used to say the Land rover as just a status car, where others such as farmers need Land-rovers for more practical uses, so a different tyre application is needed.

If you are intending to use your vehicle off road then you need to determine just how extreme the terrain is likely to be and how much time you are likely to spend on it. Farmers would be doing far more off road work and therefore would require a much heavier tread pattern on the tyres.

Off Road Grading Index for 4×4 tyres selection

To help our customers we use a very good visual guide called an (off road Grading Index) or ORGI for short, and then grade all the 4×4 tyres accordingly on our stock compute so that we can tell customers exactly which tyre is the best for them. The ORGI guide assigns every 4X4 Off Road tyres we feature with an off-road competency rating between 1 & 10. From here it is possible to disregard certain tyres as unsuitable and narrow the field of selection down. It works of an easy to understand scale from 1 to 10 depending on how tough you want your tyre to be, an excellent grading system. I hope this will be of help to all my customers who own 4×4 and SUV vehicles and want General 4×4 tyres.

4x4 tyres

ORGI chart

 About Eric Roberts

 

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national
tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in
the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about
anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Leisure Battery- to Leeds University ends in a nice surprise?

Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

Wanted to buy 110amp leisure battery

 Leisure Battery;When the phone rang for the hundredth time on Thursday it was a call from a well spoken gentleman with a well educated Scottish accent. He wanted to buy a  leisure battery to go

leisure battery

Large motorhome ready to roll ?

into his motorhome. He chose us from our battery web site www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk, and also the fact that we were from Halifax and we were not too far away, as prompt delivery was important.

 

He turned out to be head of the Devonshire Hall Cumberland Road, part of Leeds University. The university had broke up for the Easter term and he found out that he had a dead battery and therefore required a new one.

I arranged to meet him outside the Devonshire halls at 8.30 am on the following morning with his new battery, as he said that he has a tight schedule. This is just an example of the personal service that we give to our online battery service. While I was waiting I took a walk through the gate into the Devonshire halls outside area. I could not believe my eyes at the outstanding beauty of the building what a shame it is hidden away from the public, the students are so lucky to study in such outstanding architecture of the buildings.

 Sent back old leisure  battery for re-cycling

The guy arrived a little late and he asked if I would drop the new leisure battery off at the back of the buildings into his garage, I obliged accordingly but when he opened his garage door there was a second surprise, the guy owned a 1967 BMC 1100 car in white. He pulled out the car so that I could take a photo for my blog, and gave me two old batteries for re-cycling, This was a great trip out for me (how sad).

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

BMC 1100 1967 model

Marine Batteries-delivered to customers moored on boats in Hull Marina and Norfolk

Marine Batteries

Marine Batteries; lovely Summers day to deliver boat batteries to a boat

This spring has been one of the sunniest on record.Especially, here in the UK. Hence, we in West Yorkshire have seen wall to wall sunshine for the past three weeks.

marine batteries

The image shows, a bank of Marine Batteries that are to be found in the boat power supply.

 

We took a phone call.of course, from a guy who owned a sailing boat. Which is moored in the Marina in Hull, East Yorkshire. He wanted to buy some AGM marine batteries for his ship. As expected, he needed them urgently. because he was about to sail the next day. Thus, had to catch the first tide out to sea,(all strange stuff to a land lover like me).

I rang him back with the price of the batteries,

Hull Marina in the height of Summer is a beautiful place to visit and is one of the Hull Attractions. I think that sometimes I am very lucky to visit such wonderful places when I am out and about delivering batteries to our online customers.

He haggled a bit, but we agreed on a price and off I went that afternoon down the M62 motorway to Hull. The day was a beautiful sunny day and a pleasure to be out and about. I arrived in Hull and parked up at the Marina hotel car park, met the guy with the boat. We exchanged his money for the Marine Batteries, and off he went a happy man with his Marine Batteries, to sail away into the sunset “as the song goes”

Marine Batteries

I had a walk around the marina a took a couple of pictures for my blog, a great day was had, and we ended up with a happy customer. We have also started delivering our 12 Volt Battery (AGM marine batteries) to Norfolk where there are many boat owners. Some of the rivers are enormous, and the ships can sail well inland. I must admit though that this also gives us a problem in finding the remote areas where the boat owners live; we get there in the end.

 Eric Roberts

Flat Lawnmower Battery-Winter Time Over again time to Charge Up your Mower Battery?

Flat Lawnmower Battery

check out your Flat Lawnmower Battery it probably won’t  make it after the Winter ?

Another new grass cutting year is upon us. Naturally, it’s spring time again. The temperatures are warming up and the days are starting to get longer. You get home from work and your wife complains that “the lawn needs cutting”. For this reason, the last thing on your mind. Because you wanted to watch the football match.

After dinner, you put on your old gardening clothes. Of course, thinking that you don’t want to loose “browny points”. Hence, just by not cutting the grass. You climb over a mountain of obstacles in your garage to try to get to your forgotten lawn mower. There it is ? , you pull the thing out and check that you have petrol in the can, You have, “not so good your thinking”.

Now for starting it, here goes? A few puffs and bangs and the mower has a Flat Lawnmower Battery, Yes you shout I can watch the match now, I have an excuse.

Flat Lawnmower Battery

Flat Lawnmower Battery-Lucas batteries can be used on all types of lawnmowers

Sorry dear but the lawnmower battery is flat ,ill put it in charge and do it in the morning. You’ve always got an excuse she says and goes to see her sister down the road while you get the bears out and watch the match,”perfect”.

Flat Lawnmower Battery

This is how it goes for most guys, cutting grass is just another chore thrown at us by our partners. Some of us actually like gardening. The gardeners are the ones who take their lawnmower battery off their machine before the Winter comes and charges the Flat Lawnmower Battery up to make sure it makes it through the winter. In my opinion, if the lawnmower battery is old then it should be changed at the beginning of the new grass growing season and is not worth keeping or charging for long periods. Remember though if you throw away the old battery make sure that you write down the numbers and letters so that you can order the exact same size lawnmower battery the next spring.

Your lawnmower battery should be changed about every two years.

If you are like the first guy and do not like gardening then the easiest thing to do is to throw the old Flat Lawnmower Battery away and buy a new one. Your lawnmower battery can be bought online and e-bay carry a good selection, but it is important to write down the numbers and letters on your old lawnmower battery and get the correct one. You will find plenty of good lawnmower battery care advice websites and all are good quality. Many of the standard types of lawnmower now have key starting with a 12 volt 5 amp Lucas battery fitted. These are miles better than using a pull chord and breaking your neck?

 Eric Roberts

Part Worn Tyres Expensive – “You DO NOT SAVE YOU MONEY in the long run”

Post Updated 19th Dec 2013

Part Worn Tyres Expensive-Proof that part worn tyres work out more expensive in the long run

Most tyre experts and motoring organisations are very concerned about the amount of part worn tyres are now fitted here in the UK. The latest motoring organisation to voice their opinion is the very respectful Motorcodes, of which we at Pellon tyres are members (and proud to be so).

 

These Part Worn Tyres Expensive are generally imported from countries such as Germany, where tyres are generally removed at 3 mil. These Part Worn Tyres Expensive look fine from the outside but there is no saying what Part Worn Tyres Expensivedamage lies under the surface of the tread and could be very dangerous indeed. We are effectively buying old tyres from Germany, the tyres that the Germans throw away as no good any more, I cant believe that we would do such a thing. Part Worn Tyres Expensive also offer a danger to other motorists on the road, they put other drivers at risk because people think they are saving money.

In 1994 part worn tyres came under a law called the “Motor Vehicle Tyres Safety Regulations”, these regulations were to ensure that part worn tyres were properly tested and labelled as such, if people buy tyres that have been tested then this is deemed as ok and suitable for the use on roads, but the Part Worn Tyres Expensive we have come across do not appear to have any checks on them and no label. All part worn tyres must be labelled as such. They must have the words ‘PART- WORN’ marked in capital letters. This must be permanent and legible. (I think this is to give other road users the chance to get out of the way

Many more part worn tyres are now sold because of the economic recession. A recent excellent survey regarding how cheap a part worn tyre really is has been studied and written by a tyre industry expert Stuart Carr. I have posted a link to Stuarts blog and I hope you will click to see that

 part worn tyres cost “MORE” than new tyres in the long run in real terms

To finalise any garage that are in Motorcodes will not endorse the sale of part worn tyres.

  http://www.stuartcarr.blogspot.com/         Click this link for an excellent blog

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

Winter Tyre Preparations

Which 4×4 Tyres- Which are the right ones for your vehicle

Which 4×4 Tyres

Which 4x4 Tyres

Ryan flying through the woods on the General Grabber AT 3 tyres

Which 4×4 Tyres?Changing your 4×4 tyres can lead to a whole new experience

Of course, there is probably nothing wrong with the with the ones that are fitted as original equipment to your 4×4 vehicle. So,the companies that make these cars link together with tyre manufacturers. Naturally, in both research and development to create the 4×4 Tyres will suite your vehicle best. The product that they choose will , be of one that gives excellent performance and comfort for  the average 4×4 driver, as the vehicles are sold to a cross-section of the public.

This, however, does not cater for all the different conditions that this type of vehicle is capable of much more complicated tasks. Average class SUV  drivers usually need the car to have mainly on-road tributes, combined with a little off-road driving. His main driving priorities would be the speed with little noise, the same as a standard type car.

Which 4×4 Tyres

For any deviation from the norm, tyre manufacturers have developed their products into 4×4 tyres that give the driver different responses and attributes in the handling and performance of their individual ones. A typical example of this would say the farmer. He would need a vehicle to get him to say the cattle or sheep markets with a relatively high degree of comfort, but at the same time may have to travel over a rough area to attend to an injured animal. In his case, he is going to need much tougher ones than the guy who has an off road vehicle but just nips to the office or takes the kids to school.

It is also worth pointing out that by using experts, you will be able to get comprehensive advice on not only the type of tyre you need but the correct size and weight loading’s, critical things to know about. We have a full team of specialist 4×4 tyre technicians to back us up here at Pellon tyres.

Which 4×4 Tyres We can help you select the best replacement 4×4’s  for your vehicle.

It is, therefore, important to take advice on which replacement; Which 4×4 Tyres will best suite your car. We at Pellon tyres here in Yorkshire. Are part a Nationwide 4×4 group, we can give you this type of advice. Therefore, we sell all 4×4  brands. So that we can provide real open information as to your needs.

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and 4×4 General Tyre industry now for 40 years.

 

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful “Swiss Registered” Bentley With its splendid “white-wall tyres”

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

Hi while I was on holiday in France recently I came across this wonderful, well kept Bentley in the car park of a French supermarket in a town called Ruffec. Its owner was a short very well dressed and dapper guy who really looked the kind of guy to drive such a car.

Great full white wall tyres fitted

The car was fitted with a set of full side-wall white -wall tyres. A great sight that I have not seen for years. I could see if they were the real thing or just inserts. Most of all they really set the car off, I could have looked but I did not want to be too nosy in the middle of a supermarket car park.

White wall tyres and trims still available

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

Swiss Bentley-Beautiful

The tyre trims are still available for these cars. I think the car is a Bentley S1 saloon but I am not sure perhaps if you know you could me, as I am very interested in what I can find out about things for my blog when I am out and about. If you could help me my e-mail is ericatpellon@gmail.com my web site is www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts member of …Point-s.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars. This to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station.  furthermore are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.